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Criminal Justice Faculty - Ashley G. Blackburn

Ashley G. Blackburn

Chair & Professor of Criminal Justice

Office: C-340M

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Ashley Blackburn is an Associate Professor and currently serves as Chair in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Houston-Downtown. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (2000), Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology (2002), and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (2006) from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Blackburn has published corrections-related research in such journals as Prison Journal, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Journal of Criminal Justice, and Deviant Behavior. She has also co-authored texts on victims' rights and research methods. Dr. Blackburn has been recognized for her work on women's issues and also for her use of student engagement in her university courses. Her teaching and research focus on the areas of corrections, victimization, ethics, and research methodologies.

Dr. Blackburn most commonly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on corrections, research methods, ethics, criminological theory, drug policy, and comparative criminal justice.  

Sam Houston State University      Ph.D. (2006)             Criminal Justice

Sam Houston State University      M.A. (2002)              Criminal Justice & Criminology

Sam Houston State University      B.A. (2000)               Criminal Justice

​Research Methods

Ethics of Social Control

Institutional Corrections/Prisons in America

Prisons in America


Research Topics

Issues in Corrections

Research and Design Methods

Special Topics: Drug Policy & Society

Special Topics: Comparative Criminal Justice


Fritsch, E.J., Trulson, C.R., & Blackburn, A.G. (released 2013; ©2014). Applied Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice. New York: McGraw Hill.

Blackburn, A.G., Fowler, S.K., & Pollock, J.P. (Eds.). (released December 2012; ©2014). Prisons: Today and Tomorrow (3rd ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett.

Tobolowsky, P.M., Gaboury, M., Jackson, A.L. & Blackburn, A.G. (2010). Crime Victim Rights and Remedies (2nd ed.). Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.  

Wilson, F.T. & Blackburn, A.G. (2014). The Depiction of Female Municipal Police Officers in the First Four Decades of the core cop Film Genre: "It's a Man's World." Women & Criminal Justice, 24(2), 83-105.

Blackburn, A.G., Fowler, S.K., Mullings, J.L., & Marquart, J.W. (2011). When Boundaries are Broken: Inmate Perceptions of Correctional Staff Boundary Violations. Deviant Behavior, 32(4), 351-378.

Blackburn, A.G., Fowler, S.K., Mullings, J.L. & Marquart, J.M. (2011). Too Close for Comfort: Exploring Gender Differences in Inmate Attitudes Toward Homosexuality in Prison. American Journal of Criminal Justice. 36(1), 58-72.

Blackburn, A.G. & Trulson, C.R. (2010). Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice? Exploring Institutional Misconduct among Serious and Violent Female Delinquents. Journal of Criminal Justice, 38(6), 1132-1140.

Blackburn, A.G., Mullings, J.L., & Marquart, J.W. (2008). Sexual Assault in Prison and Beyond: Toward an Understanding of Lifetime Sexual Assault among Incarcerated Women. The Prison Journal, 88(3), 351-377. Available online: doi: 10.1177/0032885508322443

​University of Houston – Downtown Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity (2014)

Recognized by the University of North Texas Women's Center for contributions to and support of women's rights and issues (2009)​

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